Monday, April 28, 2014

Darling Children on Swings in Art and Illustrations. Late 1800's to Early 1900's

HI Everyone! So glad you have come for a visit. 
Swinging was always fun when I was a child. Playground or school swings  were fun but nothing like the one at  my Nana's house.My Grandparents had a huge old oak tree in their orchard. From one of the high strong branches hung a course rope swing with a weathered wooden seat.  The tree was back in the orchard beyond the garden fence. The perfect escape when a family gathering was no longer interesting for a child. Ferns and shrubs circled the area. It was a cool and private place to go. I wonder who originally hung the swing because that was a massive oak tree! After we had grown up my sister was married there, 
Hope you have a wonderful and creative day!
Much love as always,
by Frederick Morgan
  Pictures are from children's books at the Baldwin digital library. The paintings were found at

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sunny Rhymes for Happy Children a Volland book illustrated by Carmen L. Browne

Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful and creative day. 

Today I went through hundreds of old magazines that have been accumulating. With quilting magazines at only a quarter and free if they are older than 3 years it is so easy to get carried away. I pulled out the pictures and patterns of quilts I just loved and the rest is going to recycling. Now I want to plan and sew quilts! National geographic and Smithsonian magazines that I 'might' reread are also going. It seems I have a bit of spring cleaning going on!

Well on to the theme of the day. It is always so hard to choose! When I found this old Volland book  Sunny Ryhmes for Happy Children I knew it would be  perfect.  The illustrations are by Carmen L. Browne. Volland was a book publisher of children's books and greeting cards. You can find out more about Volland at 
Much love to all of you, 
 Sunny Rhymes for Happy Children Carmen Browne Illustrated Volland publishing
 All these illustrations are from

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Beautiful Images from 1800's Children's Books plus Buttons and Lace

Hi everyone and welcome friends, old and new.
It has been a busy day getting everything ready to bring to the store. It feels really good to open one of my little sorting drawers and find it empty. That means all of that type of button are carded. What a relief! We always get cuff links and collar studs in with the buttons and that little drawer was overflowing until today.
Get nice and clean.
Dress for a new day.
Open the door.
Daddy's home to play!\
And now for some buttons and lace.
How cute is this! A black glass hatbox button.
 A few of the Channel buttons someone donated.
 We had a wonderful donation of rhinestone buttons.It was so fun going thru all the bling! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Free Ephemera of Easter Chicks from Antique Postcards

Hi Everyone!
Thursday at the Legacy was as fun as ever. There was a nice batch of buttons waiting to be sorted. Marie took home lots of them to be sewn on the button cards.  We now have more cards done then will fit in our button section. It is time to find a better location and display in the store.
Last Wednesday I learned about decorating sugar eggs! Mine turned out quite colorful and very much a first timer's egg. Hope I can take the class next year.
Today I have images of sweet little chicks for you. They are all antique Tuck Easter postcards circa 1900. I imagine them in your scrap books amongst the photographs of your family and friends celebrating Easter.  
Much love to each of you, Louise

The post cards are from TuckDB 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Free Easter Images of Happy Children with Adorable Bunnies and Little Chicks~ New at the Legacy.

Hi Everyone,
Easter is just around the corner! Spring time has arrived. Thanks to some much needed rain the flowers are blooming in Sonoma County, Last week I saw some baby lambs playing in spring green fields. The Legacy has baskets and Easter items on display. We have had  the best fabric donations lately. High end luxury bedding fabrics were donated from  Bella Notte  We still have a little of it left and I am looking forward to their next generous donation. Needless to say I went home with an arm load! 
Marie and I have been working like crazy trying to keep up with the buttons. We have carded a huge batch of Rhinestone buttons which are in the store now. There is so much to do!
One of the reasons I have been trying to get caught up on the buttons is my life is getting so busy. I am so happy to let you know that in the future I will be posting items from the store for all of you to buy. If you see something you want to buy I will reserve it for you. Your payment will go directly to the store. They will then ship it out to you. I have created another blog(under construction) For the Legacy  that will only feature items from the store. At the bottom of the page you will find the story about how the Legacy was started. 
Well onto some pretty pictures for you all. Children playing with darling bunnies for your homemade Easter cards and decorations.
So glad you came for a visit. Have a beautiful and creative day!
Much love as always, Louise
Pictures of old postcards are from TuckDB

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Daisy - The Birth Flower For The Month of April- Free Daisy Images and Art

Hi everyone and welcome!
It is the start of a new month. The first image I have for you is a calendar page done by the artist Eugene Grasset. 
 I have wanted to do a post featuring daises for awhile. There are tons of pictures, graphics and paintings featuring daises. When I found out that the daisy was the birth flower for April it was the perfect time to share those images.
The daisy is a symbol or motif  used by P.E.O., an organisation that my mom belonged to. As a little girl I wondered what the initials stood for and what the ladies were up to. I just had to find out more! I snooped and one day found a box in mom's closet that contained P.E.O. things! Before I could really see much of the contents my mom walked in! Today all one has to do is go to their website to learn about P.E.O.
Another connection to daises is through the Girl Scouts. I loved being a scout and in collage I was a Browne troop leader. The founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliet Gordon Low was nicknamed "Daisy" by her family. The troop for the youngest girl scouts is the Daises. This is the beautiful portrait done Edward Hughes of Juliet Gordon Lowe in 1887. 
Wikipedia had these fun facts; The flower name comes from the English word dægeseage, meaning "day's eye."[1] The name Daisy is therefore ultimately derived from this source -- a synonym for the Sun. Daisy is also a nickname for Margaret, used because Marguerite, the Frenchversion of that name, is also a French name for the oxeye daisy
This is a favorite of mine.
This could be used for a wedding invitation or menu.
A turn of the century greeting card.
Thought this would make a nice place card for your next luncheon or wedding.
 Images are from TuckDB Postcards, Wikipedia and other on line libraries. 
Images are for your enjoyment and personal use.